A sustainable cold logistics hub will allow savings of up to 40% on cold generation costs

FuturENERGY March-April 2020

The Port Authority of Huelva (APH) and Enagás, in collaboration with HuelvaPort, are working on the development of a Cold Logistics Hub on the South Quay of the Port of Huelva. The aim is to turn this area of Huelva into a centre of reference and excellence in the field of temperature controlled goods logistics, from the point of view of both operational efficiency as well as economic and environmental sustainability. This sustainability arises from the possibility of using an ecological and low cost supply of cold energy (saving up to 40% in energy and up to 90% in CO2 emissions) originating from the process to regasify liquefied natural gas (LNG), which takes place at the Enagás regasification plant in the Port of Huelva.

The project background dates back to March 2017 when the Port Authority of Huelva and Enagás signed a collaboration protocol to commission a new energy efficiency project linked to the use of residual cold from the company’s regasification plant. The project’s initial aim was the potential use of the cold from LNG (-160ºC), which is regasified at the Enagás LNG plant, in order to supply cold energy to the Port of Huelva’s installations. This initiative would provide the refrigerated logistics warehouses deployed in the port with a supply of cold energy at a very competitive cost.